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Today's News

  • Cavalier boys, girls drill Marion

     HILLSVILLE –– Carroll County jumped all over Marion in the first half and cruised to an easy 94-52 win in a Southwest District boys' game Tuesday night.

    Carroll County maintained its No. 2 spot in the SWD standings by bolting to a 30-25 lead after eight minutes. The Cavaliers didn't let up in the second and went into the half with a 57-30 lead.

    Wes Smoot led four Cavaliers in double figures with 16 points while Mac Martin scored 15 to go with 11 rebounds. Smoot and Martin teamed for 14 of the Cavaliers' 30 first-quarter points.

  • Devils over Tide in nailbiter

     Five ties and five lead changes in the fourth quarter. Six minutes to play the last 14 seconds. Seven missed free throws in the final 1:26. One pair of trousers in the trash.

    Stuff like that just doesn’t happen every night.

    Grayson County managed to survive the yips at the foul line in addition to an open look by Galax’s best shooter at the buzzer Tuesday night to take a thrilling 63-62 win in the Mountain Empire District’s top rivalry game.

  • Carroll schools save big on energy

    HILLSVILLE — Carroll County Schools have saved an estimated $1 million in energy costs since 2003 as the result of initiating an energy savings plan.
    The school system was spending more than $550,000 a year on energy expenses in 2003-04.
    With a goal to reduce the budget cost for energy consumption and save resources, the Carroll School Board hired Energy Education, Inc., to set guidelines and install the “cost avoidance” software to track what was being spent.

  • Schools earn state awards

    Seven elementary schools in the Twin Counties received recognition from Gov. Bob McDonnell and the state Board of Education on Jan. 20.
    Three Grayson County schools — Baywood, Fairview and Providence Elementary — earned the 2011 Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award for continued progress, including meeting all state and federal educational benchmarks for at least two consecutive years.

  • Gun laws targeted from both sides

    RICHMOND — It’s one of the most heated debates of our time: Would fewer guns equal fewer killings, or is it just the opposite?
    In the shadow of the recent shootings in Arizona, the argument is as contentious as ever. Both sides came to the capital last week to air their starkly different views to lawmakers.

  • Legislators: 'Internet cafes' are same as gambling

    RICHMOND — If Internet sweepstakes cafes use a gambling device for games, then that business probably promotes gambling, according to a bill before the General Assembly.
    Three legislators have submitted identical bills to answer the sudden influx of Internet sweepstakes cafes in Virginia — Carroll County alone now has five of the businesses.

    Legislators from Harrisonburg, Front Royal and Newport News have weighed in with clarifications on what entails illegal gambling in the state.

  • Cavaliers finish strong at Christiansburg tourney

     CHRISTIANSBURG –– Blake Bowman and Jordan Lamb each advanced to the championship finals and Carroll County posted a strong finish as a team at the Big Blue Invitational wrestling tournament, hosted by Christiansburg Friday and Saturday.

    The match of the day came in the 135-pound championship bout, as Bowman beat Logan Bosley of Christiansburg in a violent battle by a 6-5 decision. It is Bowman’s second career title in this event, as he won in 2009 at 130.

  • Galax takes early lead for Wachovia Cup

     CHARLOTTESVILLE –– Galax, Western Albemarle and Cosby lead the Virginia High School League’s Wachovia Cup standings in Group A, AA and AAA following the 2010 fall sports season.

    The Wachovia Cup recognizes the League’s state champions of state champions, the school in each group that performs best in state-level competition across all sports.

  • Rutherford tops 1,000 points in Grayson victory

    FLOYD –– Tyler Rutherford didn’t get all 1,000 of his career points Saturday night. It only seemed that way.

    Rutherford exploded for 40 points and surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career Saturday as Grayson County drilled Floyd County 90-70 in the final game of the Chance Crawford Invitational at Floyd County High School.

    Rutherford, a senior guard, drained seven 3-pointers for the Blue Devils, who had fallen 113-108 to the Buffaloes in the two teams’ first meeting in December.

  • Hanes remembered as conservationist, arts patron